Academy Award 2010 picksSo this'll be a first for Movieville.org, seeing as we started up before the Oscars season last year, we missed the chance to mention this. Well, we have the chance now. I'm going to pick the ones which I have a connection with, with the exception of 5 Nomination categories(Documentary- Feature and Short Subject, Short Film- Animated and Live Action, Costume Design). Let's get this started. I'll justify the ones I feel need justifying, otherwise it'll just be the nomination. Best Picture: Avatar The first time watching Avatar in 3D, I said it was the best film I had ever seen. In many ways, it was, but there were minor flaws brining this film down. But based solely on the recognition this film has been getting since it's release, it seems to be a clear pick for best picture. Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney (Up in the Air) After watching Up in the Air, it hadn't occurred to me that Clooney would be in the running for an Oscar. Watching it a second time, it's quite clear as to why he was considered to be in the running for an Academy Award. Clooney in Up in the Air was as refreshing as the film itself. Definitely not his best, but definitely Oscar-worthy. Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds) His sinister presence was noticed in every scene he was present in, and his performance as an antagonist in Inglorious was as noteworthy as the rest of the cast, if not better. Having already received a number of awards for his supporting role, this one should be in the bag. Actress in a Leading Role: Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) I couldn't see another actress on the list who deserved it more than Sidibe did. Actress in a Supporting Role: Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air was such an excellent addition, after her minor role in the 'Twilight' films, it was definitely a step up seeing her in a more 'involved' role. Animated Feature Film: Up Every time Disney/Pixar release a film, they never cease to impress. Up most definitely wasn't an exception. Each film is a step up from the last, and Up exhibits this perfectly. Definitely the best animated feature of the year. Art Direction: Avatar Nuff' said. Cinematography: Avatar There were too many shots in Avatar to count. But each shot was as beautiful as the last. The shot from the top of Hometree, from the Hallelujah Mountains, the trademark shot of Sully's feet 'tasting' the fresh soil for the first time- All shots which will forever remind me of Avatar. Directing: Up in the Air Film Editing: Inglorious Basterds Foreign Language film: Un Prophète (A Prophet) Makeup: Star Trek Music (Original Score): Avatar I've never listen to a movie score more than I've listened to Avatar's. I said this when I reviewed it, how each track equally matches it's visual counterpart, in both intensity and emotion. Whether Avatar gets the award for this nomination or not, it'll still be one of the best movie scores I've heard. Music (Original Song): Down in New Orleans Sound Editing: Up Sound Mixing: Star Trek Visual Effects: Avatar Again, nuff' said. Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Up in the Air Having already won an award for the same nomination at the BAFTA's, it won't surprise me if Up in the Air grabs an Oscar. Writing (Original Screenplay): Up There we have it, my picks. Kazed. FYI, The reason for me not doing the BAFTA's was it was too close to the time.
Dan's Top 10 of 2009It has been an interesting year for films, the rise of 3D has come around, some interesting leaps in technology have been made and the films themselves have been rather good. Anyway, on with the Top 10! Here are my 10 best for 2009. Now, I'm not normally into these sorts of films but I really liked this. It had an indie edge to it and although this sounds really simple and blunt, probably the best way to describe it is 'nice'. It will make you laugh, and it will pull on your heart strings and with the unconventional ending it made for a really good watch. I recommend the soundtrack too, full of indie goodness if that's what you're into. I liked this film because I knew, and the film knew exactly what sort of film it was supposed to be. It is no Oscar winner, the acting is piss poor at times and it is way, way over the top. But that was exactly what I wanted from the film and it was 2 hours of glorious Cgeye candy (see what I did there), cheap thrills and it delivered. My only problem was John Cusack....I hate John Cusack. Kazed's review HERE Lots of funniez! I seen this film with a girl and she loved it as much as I did. It is one of those films which has an all round appeal and some genuine LOL moments. Its good to see Jason Segel have a main role in a film because he has played all of his roles very well and his comic timing is brilliant. Paul Rudd plays the same sort of character you have seen him in most of his other films, but in a starring role he is allowed to shine. Slappa' dee bass will stick with you forever once you have watched this film, to me it is an unconventional chick flick that everyone will love. It wouldn't be right to have a top 10 of the year without a Pixar film in it. Pixar have literally never failed me with their films, some I have liked more than others but I haven't been disappointed yet. With the last two films they have brought out (Wall-e and UP) they have had these underlying tones about loss, growing up, loneliness that make it grown up in a way, the first 20 minutes or so of UP are actually quite moving, depressing and slightly dark. But it's good to see that the storytelling has grown up and now offer more to the adult audience but that isn't to say the film is without its funny and slapstick humour, because it really is. The fact that Pixar has combined these adult subjects into a children's film is actually quite genius. My only problem with it really was that the characters aren't as memorable as the Woody's or Wall-e's we have seen in the past but it is a very minor gripe. Kazed's review HERE I had mixed emotions about Terminator Salvation. I will tell you now that if you haven't seen it then it definitely isn't a Terminator movie you will know and love from the James Cameron era but definitely a return to form none the less, especially after the slightly iffy third effort. It was the first time I had seen Sam Worthington in a major role and he played it well, although I think he will be confined to this sort of role in his future films. A good cast, good story, good action sequences, good film! For me, it was without a doubt the funniest film of the year and one of the funniest films I have seen in a long, long time. It is definitely the Superbad of 2009 and this is the first film since then to fill its boots, others have tried and just haven't quite been on par but im willing to be brave enough to say that The Hangover is as good as, if not better than one of the top comedy films of the decade. It offers the début of Ed Helms in a starring role and Zach Galifianakis who is seriously funny. I look forward to seeing more from these two, they have a lot to live up to now. My surprise package of the year. District 9 is refreshing and something that offers a fresh take on the sci-fi genre. Neill Blomkamps first effort into the mainstream industry is a promising and exciting product. It is shot in a documentary style which offers that sense of realism to a film which plot might sound slightly ridiculous to someone who only sees the black and white of it. The film itself offers so much more than that, rather than being your conventional Hollywood blockbuster, the film-makers have done brilliantly with what was a relatively small budget and chosen to develop the story and the characters rather than just adding lots of pretty explosions and CGI, although it has those too. It all makes for a compelling watch, a definite must see! Kazed's review HERE Brilliant film from J.J Abrams. In the first 5 minutes it manages to reduce a whole audience to tears in the midst of a battle scene with characters you are not engaged in or attached to emotionally which is an big feat and a quality piece of film making. The best part about it? It only gets better from there. This film is a fresh and exciting take on the sci-fi genre and the Star Trek franchise. The fact that this film was done so successfully with a relatively unknown cast is a testament to Abram's undoubted quality as a film maker. Kazed's review HERE I will just refer you to my review for this one. A seriously good effort from Tarantino that bravely re-writes the history books and fills it will lots of gory and trademark dialogue filled goodness. My favourite character of the year goes to Christopher Waltz who plays the jew hunter in the film, and his scary, demeaning charm makes the film in my opinion. My review HERE It had to be. And as much as I hate to say it, I agree with Kazed with pretty much everything he says about the film. It is probably the first film since Lord of the Rings to blow me away with special effects. The technology is ground breaking and the effects are astonishing, especially in 3D which is a must. What I liked about the 3D side of things was that it wasn't a gimmick in any way, with other 3D films I have seen this year, it has been 'wow, look at me I pop out of the screen'. Avatar does it brilliantly because it is subtle and used to good effect to create a good all round visual orgasm. The plot is good, and compelling throughout but I do think without the effects and the technology the film wouldn't be anything special, still good, but nothing special. The film will be one of those films that will be remembered for a while and I'm glad that a blockbuster has lived up to the hype and in many ways exceeded it. Well done James Cameron. Kazed's review HERE I would just like to repeat Kazed's sentiments about the supports for Movieville over the past few months. Kazed deserves more of the praise for the work done on the site, my work has been pretty rare around here so kudos to Kazed. I decided to make my top 10 a bit more in depth than Kazed's offering but that's just to try and make up for the reviews that I haven't done. Dan
Kazed's Top 10 of 2009So as Movieville comes close to it's 4th month on the web, I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to all you people who supported us, and continue to do so through this difficult economic climate. Cough. Seriously though, thanks for all the hits, as we draw closer toward the end of 2009 and into 2010, I'd like to pick out my top 10 films of this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, it was a refreshing change of pace in terms of a romantic film. Sure, it followed the standard formula of the romance film but it wasn't a traditional 'fall-in-love-get-married-happily-ever-after' film, but more of a 'guy-with-powers-falls-in-love-gets-married-disappears-and-reappears-the-end' sort of film. See the review HERE I could've summed this film up in one word: cliché. I didn't though. I wrote a review for it. Right HERE I absolutely adored the concept to this film. Transferring one's entity into an artificial being. Sound familiar? Look at my number 1. Something different, definitely deserves to be in my top 10. Why? Read the REVIEW Zombieland was an innovative, refreshing film. There were a few downers, but nothing that brought the rest of the film down. Review HERE Another Tarantino classic, review from Dan HERE. No review for this, so here's a mini one. Good film, good plot, continuity was an exciting element, and something which appeals to me when done right. Good film, Sam Worthington was a great addition to the film, the CGI representation of T-101 was outstanding although a little over-the-top. 6.5/10 There were little flaws with District 9, but then ones that existed were nothing which ruined the overall presence of the film. An epic film. Review HERE Star Trek was one of the most amazing films to me of 2009, the visual effects, the cast, the soundtrack were easily the best things about this film. Review HERE Every so often, there's a film within the Horror genre which shocks or wows audiences. This was most definitely one of those films. Realism, fantastic visuals, were all solidified by this intense film. review HERE. Avatar. This is THE best film of 2009. For me, this is the most revolutionary and visually outstanding film I've ever witnessed. The exact reason why Avatar made it to the number one spot. The soundtrack, the epic CG were all contributing to this ground-breaking masterpiece. review HERE, breakdown HERE. There you have it folks, my top 10 for 2009. It's been a great year for film, and I expect big things for 2010 also. I've been Kazed, have a good Christmas, and a great New Year from all of us at Movieville. Kazed.